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Children's Mercy Kansas City Staff Nurse Recovery Room/SDS - CMK in Kansas City, Missouri

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Do you envision finding a meaningful role with an inclusive and compassionate team? At Children’s Mercy, we believe in making a difference in the lives of all children and shining a light of hope to the patients and families we serve. Our employees make the difference, which is why we have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top pediatric hospital, for eleven consecutive years.

Children’s Mercy is in the heart of Kansas City – a metro abounding in cultural experiences, vibrant communities and thriving businesses. This is where our patients and families live, work and play. This is a community that has embraced our hospital and we strive to say thanks by giving back. As a leader in children’s health, we engage in meaningful programs and partnerships throughout the region so that we can improve the lives of children beyond the walls of our hospital.


Same Day Surgery/PACU

The Children’s Mercy Same Day Surgery and Post-Anesthesia Care Units aim to provide safe, effective, and appropriate resolution of patient care needs through the nursing care of the surgical patient from the time of the pre-op phone call through admission and discharge and/or transfer to an inpatient unit for further observation. The care delivered reflects the philosophy of the Department of Nursing in its mission to address the needs of the patient and family. The care provided is in accordance with the National Standards of Peri-anesthesia Nursing Care.

Our team includes:

  • Same Day Surgery (SDS): The Children’s Mercy Same Day Surgery department is where patients are admitted pre-operatively to prepare for their surgical procedure. No general anesthetics are utilized and no surgical procedures are performed in Same Day Surgery. Each child receives a physical assessment, including vital signs, and pre-operative teaching is completed. Before being transported to the operating room, all patients and families visit with an anesthesia provider and surgical staff to ensure all questions have been answered.

  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) (Phase I Recovery): The Children’s Mercy Post-Anesthesia Care Unit is for patients who have had surgical procedures, usually under general anesthesia. The PACU Nursing Staff monitors vital signs, respiratory status, level of consciousness, pain, nausea/vomiting, and surgical site post-operatively. We work closely with Anesthesia and the Surgeon for pain and comfort management. We aim to resolve all patient care needs during every phase of post-anesthesia care. Once a patient has met standard criterion, they transfer to Phase II and are dismissed the same day or transfer to an inpatient unit for further observation.

  • Phase II Dismissal (Post-Op): The Children’s Mercy Phase II Dismissal area is for patients who have met established criteria and are able to be dismissed home following their surgical procedure. Parents are provided written and verbal instructions on the care of their child and post-operative teaching is completed.

Utilizes nursing process and knowledge of scientific principles to provide comprehensive, age appropriate nursing care for assigned patients. Assists with the shift supervision of nonprofessional personnel as necessary. The nurses who work in the Same Day Surgery/PACU have the opportunity to become specialists in perianesthesia care and can choose to professionally advance their knowledge by achieving any one of the following specialty certifications including CPN, CPAN or CAPA.

At Children’s Mercy, we are committed to ensuring that everyone feels welcomed within our walls. A successful candidate for this position will join us as we strive to create a workplace that reflects the community we serve, as well as our core values of kindness, curiosity, inclusion, team and integrity.

Additionally, it’s important to us that we remain transparent with all potential job candidates. Because we value the safety of the patients and families we serve, as well as the Children’s Mercy staff, we want to let you know that theseasonal influenzaandCOVID-19vaccines are a condition of employment for all employees in our organization. New employees must be willing to be vaccinated if found non-immune to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and chicken pox (varicella) and/or without evidence of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination since 2005. If you become a finalist for this position, and have any concerns about receiving these vaccines, medical and/or religious exemptions can be further discussed with Human Resources.


  • Utilizes the nursing process to develop and implement a comprehensive, age-appropriate plan of care for the patient/family which promotes optimal patient outcomes.

  • Meets the educational needs of patient/family, utilizing principles of teaching/learning.

  • Promotes safe, efficient, family-centered care.

  • Collaborates with coworkers to deliver efficient nursing care to perioperative patients.

  • Participates in Quality Improvement Initiatives.


  • Associate's Degree or equivalent and 1-2 years experience

  • One of the following: Licensed RN - MO, Registered Nurse Multistate License Missouri required upon hire

  • One of the following: Licensed RN - Kansas, Registered Nurse Multistate License Kansas required upon hire

  • RN Compact license for all states besides KS and MO

  • Refer to Nursing and Advanced Practice Provider Licensure and Certification policy for required Life Support Certifications Required Upon Hire

  • Specialty Certification Preferred

Starting Pay

Our pay ranges are market competitive. The pay range for this job begins at $28.39/hr, but your offer will be determined based on your education and experience.

Remote Work/Work from Home

This position is not eligible work remotely, which means that the person hired will be required to work onsite at one of our Children’s Mercy locations and may not work from home.

EEO Employer/Disabled/Vet

Children’s Mercy hires individuals based on their job skills, expertise and ability to maintain professional relationships with fellow employees, patients, parents and visitors. A personal interview, formal education and training, previous work experience, references and a criminal background investigation all are factors used to select the best candidates. The hospital does not discriminate against prospective or current employees based on the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, creed, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry or veteran status. A drug screen will be performed upon hire. Children’s Mercy is smoke and tobacco free.

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

CM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our patients and families come from all walks of life, and so do we. We know that our greatest strengths come from the people who make up our team so we hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger and our patient care more compassionate.

If you share our values and our enthusiasm for service, you will find a home at CM. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring, including education, ideas, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, color, religion, disability and beliefs.

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Requisition ID2023-24667

Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date2 months ago(2/7/2023 2:26 PM)

Posting CategoryNursing


Work TypePart Time Benefits Elig

Work Hoursday/evening varies

FLSA StatusNon-Exempt

Location : NameKansas Campus

Recruiter : Full Name: First LastBrittany Rospierski

Recruiter : Emailbmrospierski@cmh.edu

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